Euroformula Open Championship
The Euroformula Open Championship (formerly the Spanish Formula Three Championship, European F3 Open Championship) is a junior formula racing series based in Spain. It was one of six national and international Formula Three championships in Europe and Scandinavia that together used to form an important part of the established "career ladder" below Formula One. The championship's first season was held in 2001. In 2006, it was branded as the Spanish F3 Championship by Toyota, in deference to its sole engine supplier. In 2020, the championship ceased to be a F3-championship and will share its specifications with Japan's Super Formula Lights based on the previous-generation Formula Three standards, primarily with a choice of engines.
|Drivers' champion||Ye Yifei|
|Teams' champion||CryptoTower Racing|
The Spanish Formula Three Championship was formed during Spain's recent growth period in motor racing that began with the Euro Open Movistar by Nissan, which eventually became the World Series by Renault when the two companies' motor racing programs were reorganised. The new championship replaced the previously existing Super Formula Toyota, a one-make series with performance similar to F3.
The European F3 Open championship has become successful by actively taking measures to control budget requirements. This provides a more achievable option for drivers who lack the major sponsorship portfolio that is required by leading Euroseries teams, and would otherwise have to look elsewhere for their next step up the career ladder.
With Renault's backing, the World Series has developed into a championship from which drivers can reach Formula One, and three major Spanish teams are established in GP2. This has fostered new opportunities for the graduates of Spanish F3, which has, in turn, made the championship itself a success.
In recent years the Championship has become much less centred in Spain, with races across Europe, and has successfully attracted famous non-Spanish teams to take part. The first was the British outfit Team West-Tec who went on to win two Driver's Championship titles in their first three seasons, and which were followed a year later by Italy's RP Motorsport who have won races each year since joining.
The championship was renamed to Euroformula Open Championship for 2014, after the FIA restricted the use of the Formula Three name to championships that do not follow the current engine regulations.
Like British Formula Three, the series incorporates a second championship class for chassis specifications from the previous generation. The Copa was created in 2005, and provides an opportunity for drivers without competitive budgets, who would otherwise be left unable to progress from cheaper formulae. The name is derived from the chassis specification that all Copa entrants must use: the Dallara F308.
The European F3 Open Championship employs an approach to chassis and engine choice that is also used in Asian F3, in which the open Formula Three system of multiple chassis and engine manufacturers is rejected in favour of a single choice of supplier. All competitors must use Toyota's F3 engine upgraded by the Spanish motorsport Engineering Company Piedrafita Sport, and chassis from the ubiquitous Italian constructor, Dallara. Championship-class competitors generally use a chassis specification from the current generation, the Dallara F312. Copa Class competitors use the previous version, the Dallara F308.
The exclusive use of the Toyota engine prompted Toyota to offer a Formula One test to each year's champion. The first driver to benefit from this was 2004 champion Borja García, who later graduated to GP2. The F1 prize test is likely to be revived for the 2010 Champion.
Between 2001 and 2005, the Spanish F3 Championship had seven rounds, each with two races. Exceptions to this included the Valencia round in 2002 and the Jerez round in 2003, each of which had only one race, and Albacete, which held a single-race event in addition to its regular two-race event in 2005.
In every season from its inception until 2007, the championship made a regular visit to Estoril in Portugal. The 2006 season, which was expanded to eight rounds, included the championship's first visit to Magny-Cours in France.
Since 2008 many circuits from further afield have been added to the schedule including visits to Magny Cours, Donnington Park and Brands Hatch with major European motorsport venues including Spa, Monza, Silverstone and Hungaroring hosting rounds of the 2014 season as the series expands further into Europe.
Spanish Formula ThreeEdit
|2001||Ander Vilariño||Racing Engineering||7||6||8||7||196||Race 12 of 14||39|
|2002||Marcel Costa||E.V. Racing||2||2||9||3||190||Race 11 of 13||16|
|2003||Ricardo Maurício||Racing Engineering||4||6||7||2||190||Race 11 of 13||6|
|2004||Borja García||Racing Engineering||8||9||10||8||149||Race 14 of 14||18|
|2005||Andy Soucek||Llusiá Racing||2||3||7||1||112||Race 13 of 13||3|
|2006||Ricardo Risatti||TEC-Auto||3||5||7||8||118||Race 15 of 16||15|
|2007||Máximo Cortés||Escuderia TEC-Auto||4||6||7||9||117||Race 16 of 16||4|
|2008||Germán Sánchez||Campos F3 Racing||1||4||5||4||88||Race 17 of 17||4|
|2001||Racing Engineering||8||7||13||9||113||Race 14 of 14||19|
|2002||Racing Engineering||2||4||9||2||108||Race 12 of 13||19|
|2003||Racing Engineering||4||6||10||3||119||Race 12 of 13||26|
|2004||Racing Engineering||9||10||21||10||179||Race 10 of 14||18|
|2005||Racing Engineering||2||3||7||1||252||Race 9 of 13||128|
|2006||Racing Engineering||1||4||14||1||155||Race 16 of 16||9|
|2007||Escuderia TEC-Auto||4||7||17||9||197||Race 16 of 16||30|
|2008||Campos F3 Racing||3||4||12||7||134||Race 15 of 17||44|
|Season||Driver||Team||Poles||Wins (Junior)||Podiums (Junior)||Fastest laps||Points (Junior)||Clinched||Margin|
|2001||Juan Antonio del Pino||Meycom||0||0||1||0||73||Race 13 of 14||23|
|2002||Andy Soucek||Racing Engineering||0||0||0||0||113||Race 7 of 13||16|
|2003||Ricardo Risatti|| EV Racing
|0||0 (8)||1 (10)||0||70 (96)||Race 12 of 13||28|
|2004||Javier Villa|| EV Racing
|0||0 (10)||0 (11)||0||29 (108)||Race 13 of 14||28|
|Season||Driver||Team||Poles||Wins (Trofeo)||Podiums(Trofeo)||Fastest laps||Points (Trofeo)||Clinched||Margin|
|2003||Borja García||GTA Motor Competición||1||1 (0)||7 (4)||2||80 (182)||Race 5 of 5||4|
|2004||Borja García||Racing Engineering||7||9 (5)||10 (5)||8||149 (63)||Race 6 of 6||13|
|2005||Andy Soucek||Llusiá Racing||2||3 (2)||7 (3)||1||112 (77)||Race 5 of 6||19|
|2006||Roldán Rodríguez||Campos Racing||2||4 (3)||5 (3)||3||103 (65)||Race 6 of 6||6|
Copa de España de F3Edit
|Season||Driver||Team||Poles||Wins (Copa)||Podiums(Copa)||Fastest laps||Points (Copa)||Clinched||Margin|
|2005||Arturo Llobell||Campos Racing||0||0||0||0||16 (86)||Race 15 of 15||4|
|2006||German Sanchez||Escuela Profiltek||0||0||0||1||19 (108)||Race 15 of 16||15|
|2007||Christian Ebbesvik||Team West-Tec||0||0 (7)||0 (13)||0||7 (118)||Race 16 of 16||0|
|2008||Natacha Gachnang||Team West-Tec||1||0 (5)||0 (12)||2||76 (110)||Race 16 of 16||1|
European F3 OpenEdit
|2009||Bruno Méndez||Campos Racing||2||4||11||8||145||Race 16 of 16||2|
|2010||Marco Barba||Cedars Motorsport||3||6||10||8||154||Race 12 of 16||42|
|2011||Alex Fontana||Corbetta Competizioni||1||2||7||1||120||Race 15 of 16||5|
|2012||Niccolò Schirò||RP Motorsport||3||4||11||7||272||Race 14 of 16||5|
|2013||Ed Jones||Team West-Tec F3||4||6||10||3||256||Race 16 of 16||9|
|2009||Campos Racing||4||6||14||10||117||Race 16 of 16||7|
|2010||Cedars Motorsport||3||6||10||8||116||Race 15 of 16||24|
|2011||Team West-Tec||2||4||8||1||101||Race 16 of 16||6|
|2012||RP Motorsport||8||8||23||10||138||Race 14 of 16||41|
|2013||RP Motorsport||6||6||26||7||128||Race 16 of 16||2|
|Season||Driver||Team||Poles||Wins (Copa)||Podiums (Copa)||Fastest laps||Points (Copa)||Clinched||Margin|
|2009||Callum MacLeod||Team West-Tec||0||0 (7)||1 (12)||0||41 (106)||Race 14 of 16||27|
|2010||Noel Jammal||Cedars Motorsport||0||0 (5)||0 (8)||0||24 (89)||Race 16 of 16||5|
|2011||Fabio Gamberini||Team West-Tec||0||1 (10)||3 (14)||0||79 (130)||Race 14 of 16||12|
|2012||Kevin Giovesi||DAV Racing||0||0 (10)||1 (11)||0||93 (110)||Race 13 of 16||38|
|2013||Richard Gonda||Drivex School||0||0 (7)||0 (10)||0||10 (100)||Race 15 of 16||19|
|2014||Sandy Stuvik||RP Motorsport||10||11||12||5||332||Race 14 of 16||89|
|2015||Vitor Baptista||RP Motorsport||5||6||12||7||291||Race 16 of 16||5|
|2016||Leonardo Pulcini||Campos Racing||3||7||15||8||303||Race 12 of 16||56|
|2017||Harrison Scott||RP Motorsport||9||12||13||9||340||Race 12 of 16||118|
|2018||Felipe Drugovich||RP Motorsport||10||14||16||10||405||Race 12 of 16||159|
|2019||Marino Sato||Team Motopark||6||9||11||5||309||Race 15 of 18||130|
|2020||Ye Yifei||CryptoTower Racing||12||11||16||12||369||Race 16 of 18||121|
|2014||RP Motorsport||13||13||22||10||152||Race 14 of 16||51|
|2015||RP Motorsport||5||7||13||8||121||Race 15 of 16||10|
|2016||Campos Racing||3||7||17||9||120||Race 14 of 16||18|
|2017||RP Motorsport||12||13||17||10||134||Race 12 of 16||44|
|2018||RP Motorsport||10||14||16||11||180||Race 11 of 16||78|
|2019||Team Motopark||11||15||33||11||262||Race 12 of 18||168|
|2020||CryptoTower Racing||17||16||26||16||244||Race 12 of 18||129|
|Season||Driver||Team||Poles||Wins (Rookie)||Podiums (Rookie)||Fastest laps||Points (Rookie)||Clinched||Margin|
|2016||Ferdinand Habsburg||Drivex School||4||2 (10)||12 (15)||1||247 (140)||Race 12 of 16||42|
|2017||Nikita Troitskiy||Drivex School||2||0 (7)||9 (14)||4||222 (124)||Race 14 of 16||29|
|2018||Bent Viscaal||Teo Martín Motorsport||4||1 (14)||12 (15)||2||246 (138)||Race 12 of 16||48|
|2019||Liam Lawson||Team Motopark||2||4 (6)||7 (9)||1||179 (92)||Race 18 of 18||9|
|2020||Niklas Krütten||Team Motopark||0||0 (9)||5 (13)||0||153 (140)||Race 16 of 18||28|
Spanish F3 DriversEdit
|2014||Sandy Stuvik||RP Motorsport||4||4||4||2||118||Race 5 of 6||13|
|2015||Konstantin Tereshchenko||Campos Racing||5||4||5||3||134||Race 5 of 6||37|
|2016||Leonardo Pulcini||Campos Racing||1||2||4||3||105||Race 6 of 6||11|
|2017||Devlin DeFrancesco||Carlin Motorsport||0||1||3||0||119||Race 5 of 6||22|
|2018||Felipe Drugovich||RP Motorsport||0||1||3||0||157||Race 5 of 6||53|
Spanish F3 TeamsEdit
|2014||RP Motorsport||5||5||8||4||56||Race 5 of 6||14|
|2015||Campos Racing||5||4||6||3||48||Race 6 of 6||9|
|2016||Campos Racing||1||2||5||3||42||Race 6 of 6||5|
|2017||RP Motorsport||4||5||6||4||50||Race 5 of 6||7|
|2018||RP Motorsport||3||5||6||3||72||Race 4 of 6||28|
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